A forum of Catholic Thought

Not of the world, but the world mattersDavid Mills

Most of us Catholics are too worldly, as we know from every examination of conscience -- and yet in another sense we're not worldly enough. We live in the world, but as Jesus says, we're not of ...

The archdiocese reacts to the 1973 Roe decisionViolet Hurst

On Jan. 22, 1973 -- 50 years ago this week -- the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision in the Roe v. Wade case, guaranteeing a constitutional right to abortion. The archdiocesan opposition ...

Effective communication of the Gospel can awaken consciences, change the worldSean Gallagher

The government of Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega and his wife, now co-president Rosario Murillo, have had the Catholic Church in its crosshairs for years. That's because faithful Catholics there ...

The white-martyr cardinals' dinnerGeorge Weigel

On the night of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's funeral, Cardinal George Pell hosted a dinner in his apartment for a group of like-minded mourners, and all present were delighted that the heroic Cardinal ...

China, Nicaragua, and the popeRussell Shaw

Why hasn't Pope Francis spoken up forcefully about the oppression of the Church by dictatorial regimes in China and Nicaragua? It's a fair question whose answer can perhaps be found in the precedent ...

It is good to let the jeering skulls laughElizabeth Scalia

Like St. Teresa of Avila, I have a skull on my desk. Two, actually -- one plain and one riotously decorated in green and purple. I think they're funny; they remind me not to take myself, or the world, ...

Fighting the language battle for prenatal justiceCharles C. Camosy

(OSV News) -- One of the primary ways throwaway culture works -- especially in a consumer culture like ours, which tries to hide the equal dignity of those found to be too burdensome or otherwise inconvenient ...

Cardinal George Pell: The encouragerGeorge Weigel

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, when Cardinal George Pell and I went to pay our respects to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, lying in state in St. Peter's, I couldn't help but notice the reverence with which the ...

Making a new start: Cardinal Sarah on the spiritual lifeDr. R. Jared Staudt

It would be easy to start 2023 with a healthy dose of cynicism. As we start the new year, Christmas lays out to the world what it really needs. How easy it is to overlook the creche as the source of all ...

Work with refugees and immigrants: 'We are all part of the human family'Shannon Lyons

A family of five finally reunited after a year-long separation. A survivor of human trafficking building a new life for herself and her child. Two parents desperate to get their son critical medical care ...